NFL News: Browns again sign defensive end Brian Sanford

Defensive end Brian Sanford has sign a deal with the Cleveland Browns, the team confirmed on Thursday morning.

ESPN’s Adam Caplan first reported news of a two-year contract on Christmas Day.

Sanford, 26, might be most well known in Cleveland for being Seattle’s return in the eventually voided John Moffitt trade. The vocal Moffitt, who then retired from football, said the Browns failed his physical due to a salary dispute.

That trade was announced back on Aug. 19. It was voided days later. Sanford then was waived by the Browns on Aug. 31 and has spent the season with the Oakland Raiders, bouncing back and forth on their roster. He was released for good on Dec. 7.

The Browns had an available roster spot since placing Davone Bess on the reserve/non-football illness list prior to last week’s game. They likely needed additional defensive line help with both Phil Taylor and John Hughes not practicing on Tuesday.

Long-term, it’s perhaps a curious move to give Sanford two years. This past offseason, the team shored up its front seven in drafting Barkevious Mingo, plus signing Desmond Bryant and Paul Kruger. The unit has shined occasionally throughout the year, but has been inconsistent over the past couple months.

Cleveland (4-11) enters Sunday’s game as six-point underdogs in Pittsburgh (7-8). An upset would knock the Steelers out of playoff contention, although they’d still need help from several other teams to lock up the AFC’s final wild card spot.

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  • RGB

    “Long-term, it’s perhaps a curious move to give Sanford two years.”

    Somebody is getting traded at draft time.

  • Kildawg

    Sanford is nothing more than depth chart fodder. It’s likely a non guaranteed contract, plus the fact he would only cost the minimum with no bonus.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Who’s your guess? Rubin? Seems like he would make the most sense as I’m sure Banner doesn’t like how much he’s getting paid relative to his production.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    A feel-good move. I always like Sanford and thought he fit well on this team… there were just too many bodies in front of him.

  • RGB

    Honestly, I think the entire front seven will all be candidates. It’ll just depend on who the Bannermetric equations determine to be the best trade/return value.